Posts Tagged ‘United Nations’

I have just found the most extraordinary web site.  It’s been around for a few years, but I just discovered it through a blog on the New Hampshire Writers’ Network.  The blog is about how you use words and how to learn new ones.  It suggested playing word games to help improve your vocabulary, and included a link to Free Rice.  I’d never heard of this site.  The name intrigued me and, being a word junkie, I had to look it up.  Now I invite you to become as excited about this site as I am.

Free Rice in run by the United Nations World Food Programme.  The website has fun educational games that you can play.  For each correct answer, 10 grains of rice gets donated to the World Food Programme by corporations whose advertisements appear on the site.

The games start out easy but get increasingly more difficult the longer you play.  I’ve just been trying out the site for the first time and have earned 270 grains of rice.  That doesn’t come close to feeding one child for a day, but I’ll play some more after I finish this blog.

The games are appropriate for adults and children alike, so this is a wonderful opportunity for parents to teach a lot of lessons, I would think.  Free Rice has games for all the standard school categories and even have one for SAT preparation.  Your children can prep for their college entrance exams while helping to end world hunger!

How much rice does it take to feed a person for a day? How many grains of rice in a gram?

The composition of UN World Food Programme food basket varies from country to country and region to region, depending upon the eating habits of the people WFP feeds.In countries where rice is a staple part of the diet, World Food Programme provides, on average about 400 grams of rice per person, per day (for families, including children and adults). That is intended for two meals that include other ingredients to ensure a minimum of 2,100 kilocalories per day.
There are about 48 grains of rice in a gram.
So check out Free Rice, and then help spread the word.  Feed a hungry person and your mind at the same time.